The Commission has today unveiled plans for new European targets on the employability and the mobility of students to stimulate and guide education reforms in Europe. The two new benchmarks, which still need to be formally adopted by the Council, would complete a set of joint targets which EU countries have pledged to achieve by 2020. They include reducing early school leaving, increasing the share of higher education graduates, and getting more adults to participate in lifelong learning.
A new benchmark on the mobility of students would measure the share of young people with learning experiences abroad. For instance, in the field of higher education, it would seem most appropriate to align an EU benchmark with the existing Bologna benchmark agreed in 2009, namely that by 2020, 20% of EU tertiary graduates should have had a study or training period abroad.
A new benchmark on education and training for employability would monitor the success rate of young people with different education levels in the labour market in the years after graduation. In a possible approach to framing a benchmark on education and training for employability by 2020, the Commission considers that there should be an increase by at least 5 percentage points in the employment rate of graduates (20-34 year olds) having left education, measured as an average of employment rates 1, 2 and 3 years after graduation.
To find out more see the following:
• Commission staff paper on the development of benchmarks on education and training for employability and on learning mobility
• More on EU benchmarks in education and training
• Education benchmarks: country statistics